APPENDIX A: Cavendish Community Primary School Curriculum


  1. Design and Intent 
Here at Cavendish our intention is that all children will learn through a curriculum which is engaging, exciting, challenging, and relevant to them and their surroundings. As a local authority maintained primary school, we adhere to the national curriculum (2014)  (click here to read).  The intent of this curriculum is made explicit through the aims for each subject area, and we apply these to our school context. To teach phonics, we make use of the Letters and Sounds Scheme (click here for more information) but supplement this with many other strategies and resources to ensure that the teaching and learning of reading is as effective as it can be. Our teaching of writing has evolved around the work of Pie Corbett and Talk 4 Writing (click here for more information). We believe that if a child can verbalise what they wish to write, they are much more likely to produce quality written texts.

Our curriculum is designed and intended to be creative and allow pupils' talents to shine. We present it to the children through a series of questions and enrich their learning with trips to relevant sites in our local area and beyond, and through having visitors come in to school.  We use the national curriculum and supplementary studies to deliver our key priorities, which are:

  • that our children will acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to be fluent in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics – these are the foundations on which their educational success can be built;
  • that our children will want to read for pleasure and to further their learning: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
  • that our children will be challenged and enthralled by a deep and rich set of experiences in the arts, sciences, humanities and languages that inspire them to want to come to school and learn each day;
  • that our children will move on to high school with age appropriate skills, knowledge, and understanding, and be able to thrive and continue their successful learning journey;
  • that our children will have opportunities to learn about what is on offer in the city of Manchester and beyond,  and will take part in a variety of cultural experiences – theatre, galleries, musical events, museums etc;
  • that our children will have opportunities to develop sports skills, both for enjoyment and for competition;
  • that our children will learn how to keep themselves and others safe, both physically and emotionally;
  • that our children will learn what binds us together inclusively as a community, as a nation (through British values), and as a global partner.
  • that through our curriculum our children will become 'brilliant citizens' who make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and who have a strongly developed sense of moral purpose and a desire to make a positive difference to the world.
  1. Implementation

The curriculum implementation plan for each year group can be found on the relevant class page.

  1. Impact

We evaluate the impact of the curriculum on our children by assessing standards of children’s work, and by talking to them about what they have enjoyed, what they think we could do better, and what further experiences and opportunities they would like to have so that there is a cycle of ‘plan-do-review’ taking place.  We interrogate data to identify gaps in children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and adjust teaching programmes and interventional support accordingly. We track attendance closely to ensure that children are here every day to access what school offers them. Sustained good attendance is evidence of children’s engagement with what school has to offer. Senior leaders, LA effectiveness officers, and the school’s independent QA adviser all agree that the overall effectiveness of the school is good, which indicates that the impact of our curriculum is positive. The school’s last 2 Ofsted ratings have been good, with personal behaviour and safety graded outstanding in 2014. Our 3 year trend at KS2 is above the national for attainment and in line for progress, suggesting that the impact of our curriculum is currently good, but we acknowledge that accelerated progress will provide evidence that impact is outstanding.

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